Thandatti (2023) is a rare film in Kollywood. It’s not a masala movie, it doesn’t have any big stars, and it’s not a full-length comedy or thriller. Instead, it’s a slow-burning ordeal of a small-town policeman who gets caught up in the chaos of a village grandma’s funeral. The film shines when it tries humour but the absence of a protagonist or suspense makes it dull after some time. If you stick till the end, the events leading to the climax were brisk and save the day. The film gets a Raw from mangoidiots.
Pasupathy as the helpless constable shines in every frame, anyone else in that character could’ve turned it to be about them. Veteran Rohini as the grandma was brilliant, for over an hour she acts as the dead corpse, especially in the cremation rites, which were unnecessarily detailed. After them, Vivek Prasanna as the drunken son of the grandma has done well.
Footnote: Thandatti, in Tamil, means a heavy earring traditionally worn by elderly women and is made of gold.